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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Beautiful weather made for a wonderful afternoon at the annual University City Purim Re-enactment Parade last year. Hundreds of costumed participants turned out for the parade.

Haman, Mordechai will once again take to the streets of University City

BY PATRICIA CORRIGAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished February 29, 2012

Grab your royal robes or your tri-cornered hat—it’s almost time for the annual Purim Re-Enactment Parade, a lively, popular event that features a herald with a shofar, Mordechai (the good guy), Haman (the bad guy), flag bearers, a cymbalist and at...

JCC’s Hazon CSA plans ‘Meet the Farmers’

Published February 8, 2012

The Jewish Community Center offers the community a chance to meet with the new farmers providing produce for the Hazon Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA). Farmers from Dry Dock Farms will discuss organic farming and share samples of produce...

United Hebrew plans Jewish Overnight Camp Fair

Published February 8, 2012

United Hebrew Congregation invites the community to attend the Jewish Overnight Camp Fair on Sunday, Feb. 12. Families interested in learning more about 2012 Jewish summer camp opportunities for children age 7 to 18 years will be able to meet with a variety...

Avinoam Lourie

Israeli zoologist offers stories of the Mideast’s ‘wild’ side

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 1, 2012

Why would a jackal be in an oven? Could you really lose a snake on a plane? Animal fans of all ages can find out, and hear many more animal adventures when Israeli zoologist and author Avinoam Lourie, former head of the Haifa Zoo and Director of Israel's...

The St. Louis Hillel building as it looks today; an addition to
the left of the building, which housed an auditorium, lobby,
kitchen and offices, was torn down last year.

A changed landscape, approach for St. Louis Hillel

Repps Hudson, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 1, 2012

Jacqueline Ulin Levey believes college organizations such as Hillel have to be proactive when it comes to reaching out and engaging students. That's why the Jewish organization is now meeting students at places on campus where they hang out, including...

Nancy Falchuk

Awards galore and much more

By Lois CaplanPublished January 25, 2012

HADASSSAH IS HOSTING A BIG STEM CELL RELATED EVENT on Feb. 14, this one of particular interest in advances against Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In case you had not noticed, the event falls on Valentine's Day and is called "Framing the Future Encore: A Love...

My most memorable mikveh meeting

My most memorable mikveh meeting

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished January 25, 2012

One of the most memorable events during my long career at the Jewish Light took place in July of 1978 at the home of the late Rabbi Menachem Zvi Eichenstein and the late Rebbetzin Renee Eichenstein. That's when the two invited internationally noted sex...

Editorial: Check and Raise

Published January 25, 2012

The Jewish Light reported last week on the Jewish Federation of St. Louis' annual campaign results, and due to the loss of a few major donations, giving trends and the economy, the campaign itself was down from 2010. The organization also touted some...

The Artist claimed 10 Oscar nominations, including ones for
Best Picture and Best Director Michel Hazanavicius, a French
Jew.

Oscar is a Jewish name

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished January 25, 2012

B'nai mitzvah mitzvah When Central Reform Congregation members Michael Getty and Brian Vetruba decided to become b'nai mitzvah together, the couple wanted a mitzvah project that was not only meaningful to them but also beneficial to the entire St. Louis...

JCC Used Book Sale

Jewish Community Center plans Used Book Sale Feb. 5-9

Published January 25, 2012

The Jewish Community Center will hold a used book sale from Sunday, Feb. 5 through Thursday, Feb. 9 at the JCC's Arts & Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur. Sunday, Feb. 5 is preview day—the only day with an admission charge...

Image courtesy Diane Everman, Jewish Community Archives

Martin Luther King had strong ties to St. Louis Jewish community

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished January 12, 2012

The birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be marked this year on Monday, Jan. 16. Considering his major accomplishments as the leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement - for which he earned a well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize - it is still hard...

From left, Semyon, Rachel, and Alina Ilyashov

Watch shop owners help customers stay on time

By Repps Hudson, Special to the Jewish LightPublished January 4, 2012

In 1979, Rachel Ilyashov's parents, Semyon and Alina, emigrated to the United States from Minsk, the capital of Belarus in what was then the Soviet Union. Jews were leaving the U.S.S.R. as quickly as they could to flee lives of constant persecution. Many...

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